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Six Ex-Telegraphers, Now Congress Members,
Get Ready to TapOutMorse Anniversary Flash
Rehearsing for their part in the telegraphy centenary celebration are, left to right, Repre
sentatives Mansfield and White, Senator Johnson and Representatives Stefan and Cole, gathered
around the equipment used by Samuel F. B. Morse to send the first telegraph message.
_ —Star Staff Photo.
Six members of Congress, all
one-time telegraphers, planned to
rehearse today for the big moment
Wednesday when they tap out 10
word messages on the same instru
ment used by Samuel P. B. Morse
to send his “What Hath God
Wrought” message to Baltimore 100
years ago.
They’ve been busy for days com
posing messages suitable for their
part in the centenary celebration of
the telegraph service on Capitol
Hill.
Most of them haven’t touched a
telegraph key fOr a score of years.
There’s Senator Johnson, Democrat,
of Colorado, who sent his last mes
sage in 1910 back in his railroading
days but he remembers he had a
"good, strong wrist,” vital to a tele
grapher.
Representative White, Democrat,
of Idaho also was a railroad man.
He has a telegrapher’s uncanny
memory, can tell you the first name
of an engineer who died in a train
collision. He had delivered his
message to a train, he explained,
but the telegrapher who was sup
posed to warn the other train of a
changed meeting place failed to do
so. All that happened before 1907,
the last time Representative White
touched a telegraph key.
Representative Stefan, Republic
an, of Nebraska learned the dot
and-dash business as a Western
Union messenger. He served in the
telegraph division of the constab
ulary at Cavite during the Philip
pine insurrection, once taught tele
graphy over the radio and still keeps
his hand in with an occasional ses
sion before the key.
Representative Cole, Republican,
of Missouri admits he may have
lost his technique but not the code.
That, he says, always stays with
you. He hasn’t tapped a telegraph
key since the last war when he
served aboard a Navy gunboat on
submarine patrol.
Representative Mansfield, Demo
crat, of Texas, however, goes back
the furthest of the group in tele
graph service. He delivered his last
message in Rosenberg, Tex., in 1883.
Sixth member of the group is Rep
resentative Bradley, Democrat of
Pennsylvania.
Actually, tapping out their mes
sages isn’t what’s worrying them
now. It’s hard for a member of
Congress to condense a commemo
rative message to 10 words.
Three D. C. Area Men
Killed in 2 Crashes
In Southern Maryland
Two Die as Motorcycle
Hits Guard Rail; Sailor
Victim in Other Mishap
Three Washington area men were
killed yesterday in two traffic acci
dents in Calvert County, Md., State
police reported today.
Police said a soldier, identified as
Pvt. Orvis W. Kidwell, 19, stationed
at Camp Lee, Va., and his com
panion, William E. Griffin. 20, of 139
North Danville street, Arlington,
were killed instantly when their
motorcycle hit a guard rail on a
curve on the Chesapeake Beach
road near Mount Harmony.
Dr. Hugh Ward, Calvert County
coroner, said both suffered frac
tures of the skull. He issued a
certificate of accidental death.
Seaman (Second Class) Albert G.
Ullery, 31. of 1321 Potomac avenue
S.E., stationed at Norfolk, Va„ was
killed instantly when his car over
turned on the Southern Maryland
boulevard at Dunkirk, police said.
Mr. Ullery was returning to Wash
ington from North Beach, where he
had gone earlier in the day wfith his
brother-in-law, Chief Petty Officer
Walter F. Johnson, who is stationed
at the Patuxent River Naval Air]
Station, and Mrs. Johnson and her
brother, Francis Thibdeau, Wash
ington. Mr. Thibdeau had recently
been discharged from the Army. Ac
cording to members of Mr. Ullery’s
family, none of the others were in
jured.
State police were still investigat
ing the crash in which Mr. Ullery
died.
landing Craft Production
2 Pet. Ahead of Schedule
By (he Associated Presa.
An April Increase of 35 per cent
in production of landing craft
pushed the 80,000-vessel program 2
per cent ahead of schedule, the War
Manpower Commission reported yes
terday.
Attributing much of the rise above
March figures to a labor recruiting
drive by the United States Employ
ment Service, WMC said deliveries
of LST tank landing ships moved
ahead of schedule for the first time.
‘Of the 15 types of landing craft
being built, production was equal to
or ahead of schedule in all but two
and they were only slightly behind,”
WMC's report stated.
Daily Rationing
fjlHRemindei
Canned Foods, Etc—Book No. 4,
blue stamps Ar8 through Q-8 good
Indefinitely. Each stamp worth 10
points.
Meats, Fats, Etc.—All meats except
beef steaks and roast beef now
point - free. Red stamps A-8
through T-8 continue good indefi
nitely for 10 points each. Until
further notice, three red stamps
will be validated every four weeks
instead of every two weeks.
Points for Fats—Your meat dealer
will pay two ration points for each
pound of waste kitchen fats you
turn in. The fact that lard, short
ening and cooking oils have been
removed from the ration list does
not mean fat collection is less
essential.
Shoes—Airplane stamps 1 and 2 in
Book No. 3 good indefinitely for
one pair of shoes each.
Sugar—Book No. 4 stamps 30 and 31
valid for 5 pounds indefinitely.
Book No. 4, stamp 40 good for 5
pounds for home canning through
February 28, 1945.
Gasoline—No. 10-A coupons now
good for 3 gallons each through
August 8. B-2, C-2, B-3 and C-3
coupons good for 5 gallons each.
Fuel Oil—Periods No. 4 and 5 cou
pons good for 10 gallons per unit
through August 31. Consum
ers in this area should not have
used more than 99 per cent of
their total yearly fuel oil ration as
of May 22.
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Cut in Medical
Discharges From
Army Ordered
By the Associated Press.
The War Department has issued
instructions to its unit commanders
and physicians to make every effort
to assign physically-handicapped
personnel to less arduous tasks in
stead of granting medical discharges,
the Army and Navy Register report
ed yesterday.
“The discharge of an enlisted man
for physical reasons because he is
incapable of serving in a physically
exacting position when he may ren
der adequate service in a less exact
ing assignment is a waste of military
manpower,” the Register quoted the
instructions as saying.
“The discharge of men who can
render effective service is prohib
ited,” the quoted regulations con
tinue, adding, however, that reten
tion of men unable to perform a
“ ‘reasonable day’s work’ is wasteful.”
Planners Reversed
Stand on 'Flounder'
House, Whitton Says
Commission Approved
Razing of Alexandria
Building in "42, He States
The National Capital Park and
Planning Commission, which voted
Saturday to request preservation ol
the Snowden “flounder” house on
the Alexandria Hospital grounds
approved its razing nearly 17 months
ago, Robert G. Whitton, hospital
administrator, said today.
Mr. Whitton. who received the
Planning Commission's request to
day, said a letter from the commis
sion dated November 2, 1942, stated
that while the agency regretted the
necessity for tearing down the house
it realized and approved the need
in considering the hospital projeal
as a whnlp
Mr. Whitton also pointed out that
the entire plan of the new hospital
addition was altered at that time
when the commission objected to a
proposed five-story wing on Wash
ington street.
In order to meet the commission’s
objections the hospital purchased
St. Mary’s Academy on Prince street
for use as a school of nursing, and
revised the plans so that only a two
story wing now faces on Washing
ton street, with the larger addition
in the rear.
It was to provide light for this
wing that the Board of Directors
decided that the Snowden house
must be demolished.
Mr. Whitton said that work on
destroying the house has been tem
porarily stopped, but that no change
in the plan for its ultimate destruc
tion has been made by the Board of
Directors.
The Snowden house was for a
number of years occupied by Dr.
Richard Hartshorn Stabler, an early
president of the American Pharma
ceutical Society.
Woman Thrown by Horse
Suffers Spine Fracture
Mrs. Margaret C. De La Rosa, 33,
of 2101 Varnum street N.E.. suf
fered fractured vertebrae yesterday
when thrown from a horse while
riding in Fairlawn Park.
Mrs. De La Rosa, a graduate of
Holy Cross Academy and now a
claims analyst in the General Ac
counting Office, was riding with her
husband, O. A. De La Rosa and
their 12-year-old son, Martin. Her
husband said the horse slipped and
stumbled to his knees, throwing
Mrs. De La Rosa over its head.
She was taken to Providence Hos
pital.
Save This Newspaper
Many paper mills are shut
ting down for lack of waste
paper to convert into cartons
for Army and Navy supplies
shipped overseas. Every pound
of old newspapers and maga
zines is needed. Telephone your
nearest school or notify some
school child in your block to
have your paper picked up.
*
Bill Passed by House
Gives D. C. Control of
Fire Insurance Rates
Measure Is Substituted
For One Approved
Recently by Senate
Without a dissenting vote, the
House today passed the bill of Rep
resentative Anderson, Democrat, of
New Mexico to give the District su
perintendent of insurance power to
regulate rates on fire Insurance writ
ten in the District, now fixed by the
insurance companies.
The bill was called up by Chair
man Randolph of the House District
Committee and was approved speed
ily after its terms had been ex
plained by Mr. Anderson, who said
experience in recent years showed
fire losses paid by insurance com
panies mounted to less than 30 per
cent of the District fire insurance
premium dollar and that the buyers
of insurance should have the pro
tection which would be afforded by
the measure.
Mr. Randolph then moved that
the similar measure approved re
cently by the Senate be amended
by substituting the House bill for
everything after the enacting clause
of the Senate bill, and this was
done. The bill now goes back to
the Senate for action on the sub
stituted House measure. _
The principal difference in the
Senate and House bills is that the
Senate measure gives the super
intendent of insurance power to or
der rate adjustments when he finds
that the profits are excessive, in
adequate or unreasonable, whereas
the House bill puts the test on the
reasonableness on the rates charged
rather than the profits resulting.
During the brief consideration of
the measure on the House floor, a
number of questions were asked by
Representative Miller, Republican
of Connecticut, but action followed
quickly after brief statements by
Representatives Randolph, Ander
son and Dirksen, Republican, oi
Illinois.
Bethesda Flyer Brings
Mackenzie King Home
By the Associated Press.
OTTAWA, May 22— Prime Min
ister Mackenzie King of Canada,
returning from the conference of
British Empire Prime Ministers,
arrived in Ottawa last night after a
23-hour flight from Britain in a
; United States Army Liberator pi
loted by Maj. R. N. Read of Be
thesda, Md.
The route followed by the 4
motored plane was from London to
a northern United Kingdom air
base and then to the Azores, New
foundland and Ottawa.
“Thank you for a splendid trip.”
the prime minister said to Maj.
Read.
Mr. King was greeted at the
Rockliffe Airport by a crowd of
I cabinet ministers, members of Par
liament, civil service officials and
armed forces chiefs.
Maj. Read, whose home is at 6604
Clarendon road, Bethesda. was
named commanding officer of the
26th Transport Group of the Air
Transport Command at La Guardia
Field in January. Previously, he
flew supplies and headquarters staff
officers to Alaska and South
America.
A graduate of the Georgia School
of Technology, he came to Wash
ington as a pilot for Pennsylvania
Central Airlines and was stationed
at the Washington Airport. His
wife, the former Miss Mary Jane
Bowman, was a hostess for the air
line. He was promoted to major
last August.
Grease Blaze Causes
Damage to Restaurant
Grease benetth the grill in the
Blue Bell System Restaurant, 1011
D street N.W., caught fire about
7:20 a.m. today and resulted in an
undetermined amount of damage.
D. H. McGee, manager of the
restaurant, said the lire started as
he was setting the grill in order. He
called firemen who quickly extin
guished the flames.
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WASHINGTON NEWS
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SOCIETY AND GENERAL
MONDAY, MAY 22,* 1944.
Bus Fare Case
Held Important
To War Etfort
Navy Counsel Says
ICC Has Duty to
Act on Problem
Speaking at an Interstate Com
merce Commission hearing on its
order lowering some bus fares be
tween the District and Federal
buildings in Virginia, a Navy coun
sel said today that the ICC had “a
responsibility” under its war powers,
“to exercise jurisdiction over these
interstate carriers” because the case
was important to the war effort.
The counsel, Lt. (j. g.) Martin
Norr, declared that the national
transportation policy “required that
transportation service be adequate
for national defense” and that “the
world-wide offensive of the Army,
Navy and Marine Corps, now under
way, is involved” because of the
military work being done in the Vir
ginia buildings.
The importance of Navy and Ma
rine Corps work done in the Ar
lington buildings was stressed by
Lt. Comdr. J. Edwin Sunderland,
assistant administrative officer of
the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and
by Lt. Col. Miles S. Newton, an
administrative officer at Marine
Corps Headquarters.
Cites Work Done in Virginia.
Comdr. Sunderland said the Bu
reau of Naval Personnel in the Ar
lington Annex was responsible for
the procurement, training and as
signment of the 2,700,000 men and
women of the Navy. Col. Newton
said most of the activities of Marine
Corps Headquarters was concen
trated in the Arlington Annex.
The commission reopened hear
ings on its order despite the fact
this order was recently held invalid
by District Court here.
A motion to dismiss the commis
sion’s order calling for the rehearing
was presented by E. Barrett Pretty
man, on behalf of the Capital Tran
sit Co. Counsel for three Virginia
bus lines joined in the motion, ar
guing that District Court had settled
the matter and that the ICC has
no jurisdiction. The motion was
taken under advisement.
Brig. Gen. Otto L. Nelson, assist
ant deputy chief of staff, estimated
earlier that about 30,000 persons
worked in the Pentagon Building
and that most of the War Depart
ment functions left in the District
were "routine.”
More Evidence Sought.
The hearing is based on an order
in which the ICC. proceeding on
"our motion” asked for additional
evidence on two points:
The extent to which, if any, the
Capital Transit Co. is engaged in
performing intra-State service in
Virginia and the extent to which
the Arlington and Fairfax Motor
Transportation Co., the Washing
ton, Virginia and Maryland Coach
Co., Inc., and the Alexandria, Bar
croft and Washington Transit Co.
are performing intra-District serv
ice.
The commission seeks to learn
whether the application of the In
terstate Commerce Act to the trans
portation embraced in this pro
ceeding is necessary to carry out the
national transportation policy.”
The Army and Navy were given
until June 5 to file briefs, and the
carriers were given until June 15 to
file briefs in reply.
Two D. C. Murder Trials
Deferred on Plea of U. S.
Two first-degree murder trials
which were scheduled to begin to
day in District Court were postponed
until later dates at the request of
the Government.
The case of Sung S. Kuel, 28-year
old Chinese, was continued until
June 12 at the request of Assistant
United States Attorney T. Peter
Ansberry to permit him to bring in
another Government witness. Kuei
is charged with the fatal shooting
of Lum Tung, 50, foreman in a
noodle factory in the 1500 block of
Fifth street N.W., last February.
The other case continued was that
of Angelo Miller, 42, colored, of
Gum Springs, Va„ charged with the
fatal shooting of Mary Grace Fag
gart, 29, colored, said to have been
known also as Grace Miller, in
March, 1943. The shooting is said
to have taken place on Second street
SB. near Virginia avenue. Miller
is now scheduled to be tried on
Wednesday.
Hood to Hear Cranford
FREDERICK, Md„ May 22 (Spe
cial*.—The Rev. Clarence W. Cran
ford, minister of Calvary Methodist
Church, Washington, will be the
baccalaureate speaker at Hood Col
lege’s 51st commencement Sunday
morning. Dr. James Francis Cooke,
president of the Presser Foundation,
Philadelphia, and editor of Etude
Magazine, will deliver the com
mencement address.
HELD FOR CORONER’S JURY—Mrs. Phyllis Green Junghans,
shown between a detective and a policewoman, is led weeping
from police headquarters to await the inquest today into the
death of Lewis R. Hindle, who was fatally shot Saturday night.
—Star Staff Photo,
Citizens Units Urged
To Volunteer Aid in
Fight Against Rats
Health Department Aide
Says Staff Undermanned
To Press Campaign
An appeal for the District’s 69
citizens’ associations to aid the
undermanned rodent-control in
spection crew in the war against the
city’s rats was made today by Am
brose P. Bell, Health Department
engineer.
Mr. Bell said that his six-man
crew, under the supervision of two
inspectors, was woefully inadequate
to press the drive against the pests.
All civic organizations must co
operate if the campaign is to make
any headway he said.
Harry S. Wender, president of the
Federation of Citizens’ Associa
tions, promptly pledged the aid of
the federation’s member associa
tions. "We’ll do everything we can
to aid,” he said.
Several years ago the aid of civic
groups was enlisted in a similar
campaign, but the response was
handicapped by organization of
civilian defense work which was
just getting started at the time.
Mr. Bell expressed the hope that
this time the organizations would
have more time to give to the rat
campaign.
First step in the campaign will
be to determine what areas are in
fested with rodents. Under the plan
citizens’ groups will be asked to
name chairman to handle publicity
and appoint "block managers.”
The block managers will distribute
specially prepared questionnaires to
every householder in the' block.
The answers received will enable
the rodent-control crew and citi
zen volunteers to distribute baits
and traps. Instructions on how to
use the baits will be supplied to
housewives, building owners and
others.
Red Cross Blood Gifts
Total Million Gallons
Donors have contributed approxi
mately 1,000.000 gallons of blood for
reduction to plasma through the
American Red Cross, members of
the Arkansas State Society were
told by Brig. Gen. Clark C. Hillman,
head of the Army Medical Corps’
professional services, at their break
fast meeting yesterday at the May
flower Hotel.
Gen. Hillman, a native of Arkan
sas, said the plasma was used on
widely separated battlefields. He
also citied the effectiveness of in
oculations against yellow fever,
tetanus and typhus in reducing the
number of cases.
udgJe Bolon B. Turner of the
Federal Tax Court was installed as
president of the society. Several
hundred former residents attended
the meeting.
74 Rooming Houses
And 50 Apartments
Are Refused Licenses
Prosecution Planned
Unless Operators Comply
With Safety Rules
Applications of operators of 74
rooming houses and 50 apartments
for licenses were rejected by the Dis
trict Commissioners today on rec
ommendation of the Health Depart
ment and building inspector’s of
fice.
Most of the places were located
in the Northeast section.
At the same time the Commis
sioners ordered the list forwarded
to the Police Department for prose
cution unless operators comply with
health and safety regulations.
All the places are, thought to be
in operation, although some may
have discontinued temporarily to
make alterations found necessary
by the inspectors. Superintendent
of Licenses Edward E. Bailey, Jr.,
pointed out that all places are in
vestigated by the Fire Department
as well as the other agencies.
Building Inspector J. W. Oeh
mann said many of the places now
refused licenses had been visited be
fore by inspectors from his office
and operators had promised to make
necessary alterations required by
law, but had let the matter slide.
Mr. Bailey said another lengthy
list of rooming houses and apart
ments which had failed to meet the
requirements was being drawn up
and probably would be Sent to the
Commissioners within a few days.
Area Christian Churches
Begin Convention Tonight
The 67th annual convention of the
Disciples of Christ churches of the
Capital area, consisting of churches
in Maryland, Delaware and the Dis
trict, will open at 7:50 o’clock to
night at the National City Christian
Church at Thomas Circle. Dr. Mor
ris C. Schollenberger, pastor of the
First Christian Church and presi
dent of the convention, said dele
gates from 56 churches are expected
to attend.
Dr. Warren Grafton, pastor of the
Country Club Christian Church of
Kansas City, Mo., will give the key
note speech in his talk on “Builders
for Tomorrow.'1 Dr. Schollenberger
will speak on “God Has a Plan.”
Mrs. Carroll C. Roberts, wife of the
pastor of the Ninth Street Christian
Church, will dedicate the convention
prayer room at 5 p. m.
Among the speakers to address the
convention, which will last through
Wednesday, are Dr. J. Warren Hast
ings. pastor of the host church; Dr.
Frederick E. Reissig, executive sec
retary of the Washington Federa
tion of Churches, and the Rev. J.
Lloyd Black, executive secretary of
the Capital area Christian Mission
ary Society.
j MASSING OF THE COLORS—Flags and banners of more than 250 patriotic and civic organi
i zations are shown unfurled in the 17t,h annual Massing of the Colors service in honor of the
I heroic dead of all wars on the south slope of Mount St. Alban yesterday.
MRS. PHYLLIS GREfN
JUNGHANS,
—Star Staff Photo.
Admiral King Warns
Against Minimizing
War Tasks Ahead
Navy Chief Is Speaker
At Massing of Colors
On Cathedral Grounds
By JAMES WALDO FAWCETT.
Declaring America has reasons to
be confident of victory but solemnly
warning that it would be “an in
justice to those who are about to go
into battle” if the tasks ahead were
minimized, Admiral Ernest J. King,
commander in chief of the United
States Fleet and chief of naval op
erations, yesterday afternoon ad
dressed a congregation of 10,000
people assembled on the south slope
of Mount St. Alban for the 17th an
nual Massing of the Colors service
in honor of the heroic dead of all
wars.
Admiral King stressed the in
structive significance of the Na
tion’s experience since Pearl Har
bor. “This war,” he said, “has
taught us the high value of tradi
tion * * * the summation of the vir
tues and the successes of our an
cestors. We revere our traditions,
to be sure, but that is not enough.
Before we rightfully can claim
them as our own, intangible as they
may be, we must prove ourselves
worthy of them. We should regard
them as inspirations to go and do
likewise. Today the American peo
ple are making traditions of their
own. As we create traditions for
ourselves and our children, we
prove ourselves the more worthy to
inherit the traditions of our fath
ers.”
Vast Operations Impend.
With regard to activities imme
diately ahead Admiral King ex
plained:
“Fortress Europe will be assaulted
in what promises to * be the most
formidable military undertaking in
history. In the Pacific other vast
operations are pending, for. despite
recent advances, we are still far
from the citadel of Japan which
must be breached before the war is
won.
“We of the armed services have
pondered these great problems: we
have calculated the risks; we know
the obstacles. But we also know
our own strength. We have the
men, the ships, the planes, the
weapons and plans and the team
work. I can assure you that when
the zero hour arrives we shall not
fail. • * *
“We are cool, we are confident.
* * * But there is a tendency
abroad in the land to believe that
the end of the war is close at hand,
both in the Atlantic and in the Pa
cific. I must remind you that there
is little justification for such wish
ful thinking.”
While the congregation sat in
silence Admiral King eulogized these
heroes who will live because “free
dom shall live.” He referred di
rectly to the late Secretary of the
Navy Knox, prophesying: “No man
will be longer revered and remem
bered by the Navy.”
250 Organizations Particiate.
The procession into the amphi
theater was led by the Spars Bar
racks Drum Corps and there were
flags and banners of more than 250
patriotic and civic organizations in
the line of march. The service was
arranged by Canon W. Curtis
Draper in association with Maj.
Ennalls Waggaman, chairman of
the committee in charge, and Lt.
Col. Edwin S. Bettelheim, jr., repre
senting the Military Order of the
World War, as sponsor.
Admiral King was introduced by
Brig. Gen. Albert L. Cox, who briefly
paid tribute to the Right Rev. James
E. Freeman, who listened to* last
year’s colors service in the room in
the Bishop’s house in the shadow of
the Cathedral, where shortly after
ward he died.
The Right Rev. Angus Dun,
Bishop Freeman’s successor, and
Maj. Gen. Walter C. Baker, D. C.
commander, M. O. W. W„ presided.
Musician Edward Masters, sound
ed “Taps” and the Marine Band,
Capt. William F. Santelman con
ducting, played a corifcert of sacred
music while the congregation
gathered.
William Calfee Painting
Judged Best at Art Show
William Calfee, 1717 Riggs place,
N.W., was awarded first prize for
his painting, "Allegory." at the third
annual Summer Exhibition of the
Whyte Gallery by the three judges
Saturday, it was announced today.
First prize for a newcomer to
Washington since 1941 went to En
sign Charles Marlowe Shaw, 1231
South Thomas street, Arlington, for
his water color, “Cock in the Corn,”
and first prize for prints was won
by Marguerite Burgess, 1731 Con
necticut avenue N.W., for “Circle
in Summer.” Sarah Baker. 1528
Hillyer place N.W., won first honor
able mention, and Robert Gates,
McLean, Va., second honorable men
tion.
Judges of the 220 paintings en
tered in the exhibit were Mrs.
Adelyn Breeskin, acting director of
the Baltimore Museum of Art;
Thomas Parker of the American
Federation of Art, and John Rich
ard Craft, director of the Washing
ton County Museum of Fine Arts,
Hagerstown, Md.
The prize-winning paintings will
be among 50 on public exhibit at
the Whyte Gallery from June 8 to
June 30.
A
Accused Slayer
Planned to Wed
Shooting Vittim
Mrs. Junghans Faces
Coroner; Admits She
Fired Death Gun
Weeping in her quarters at the
Woman’s Bureau early today, Mrs.
Phyllis Green Junghans, 18, held in
the shooting Saturday night of
Lewis R Hindle, 21, told today how
they had intended to leave Wash
ington this week, change their
names and be married.
“And now,” she sobbed, “we can't
do it. I wish they’d kill me so I
could be with him.”
Mrs. Junghans, whose husband la
in the Navy overseas, is scheduled
to appear at a coroner’s hearing at
noon in connection with the fatal
shooting.
A tall, willowy girl with black
hair and brown eyes, she said that
she and the sailor had obtained a
limited divorce which prohibited
either from remarrying.
“I can t seem to get any sens#
about anything,” she said this
morning. “I oan’t believe that any
thing is real.”
Changes Story; Admits Shooting.
The young woman was arrested
by police Saturday night after she
had driven Hindle to Casualty Hos
pital with a bullet in his stomach.
He died there at 12:25 a.m. yester
day.
When questioned by detectives. Mrs.
Junghans said at first that Hindle
had been shot while standing by
his parked car and had called to
her to come downstairs and take
him to the hospital. She lives at
1628 K street N.E. Later, accord
ing to police, she changed her story
to admit shooting the boy, but de
clared that it was accidental as she
did not know there was a bullet la
the chamber of the gun she fired.
Mrs. Junghans was dressed in a
loose-fitting seersucker garb when
she was interviewed at the Woman’s
Bureau this morning. She was in a
highly nervous state, as she looked
over newspaper accounts of Hindle’s
death and sobbed bitterly.
Discussing her marriage to Jung
hans, the girl said in a thin voice:
“No, it wasn’t just a marriage of
convenience. But I wanted to be
my own boss. I suppose every girl
who marries very young (she was
16i has that reason.”
Three Weeks With Husband.
She said Junghans, then a laun
dry truck driver, and she had lived
together only three weeks and then
separated. Later he joined the
Navy.
She said she met Hindle, who for
merly helped his brother operate a
fiUing station at MitcheUviUe, Md.,
while visiting her aunt, Mrs. Mar
garet McKay, at T. B„ Md.
Earlier, the girl’s mother, Mrs.
Chester Green, 313 Seaton place
NB., told of PhyUis’ early life and
what she knew of her marriage and
later romance with Hindle.
She described Phyllis as a chUd
who had “done weU at school, was
always obedient, stayed out no later
than she had permission to, and
gave me no trouble.”
Mother Gives Background.
The mother, talking at the modest
home at 313 Seaton place NB„ which
she occupies with her husband, a
mail carrier, and another daughter,
Mrs. Frank Harrison, whose hus
band is in the Army, gave the fol
lowing facts about her daughter's
married life and friendship with
young Hindle:
Two years ago. when PhyUis was
16, she feU in love with Daniel Jung
hans, the sailor, then 20, and asked
her parents’ permission to marry
him. They agreed and went tc the
marriage license bureau with the
boy’s parents to give their written
consent.
The young couple were married
and lived together for three weeks
in the Green home. Then, Mrs.
Green said, Junghans became dis
satisfied and left, later joining the
Navy.
About a year ago, PhyUis, having
an income both from her husband's
pay allotment from the Navy and a
salary as a typist at the National
Electric Manufacturing Shops. Inc.,
took her own apartment at the K
street address.
Asked tor Divorce.
Meanwhile. Phyllis had met young
Hindle, who worked at a gas sta
tion, and “fell in love with him.”
She asked her sailor husband for a
divorce so she could marry Hindle—
whom the girl called “Bunny"—but
he refused, the mother said.
Mrs. Junghans, according to
homicide squad detectives, had gone
so far as to have the initials on
her baggage changed to "B. A. P„”
which she said stood for the name
she intended to adopt before marry
ing Hindle, "Betty Ann Parker.”
She also told detectives, they said,
that she had had her hair, originally
chestnut, dyed black, and had gone
to a plastic surgeon to ask him to
change her features. The doctor,
she said, refused.
Mrs. Green said that Phyllis had
finished Langley Junior High School.
Mrs. Green knew nothing of the
immediate circumstances leading up
to the fatal shooting.
Early yesterday morning Mrs.
Green and her husband visited
their daughter at the Woman’s Bu
reau and found her in a highly
nervous state. '
“I want to see Bunny,” she kept
saying, apparently not realizing
that he was dead, the mother re
lated.
Early in the afternoon Mr. Green
again visited his daughter and
around 9 p.m. Mrs. Green saw her
again, finding her "still hysterical.”
Police said that when Mrs. Jung
hans first w'as questioned at detec
tice headquarters she said that Hin
dle had left her and was standing
by his car at K street N.E. and Bla
densburg road when he was shot by
a stranger. He called to her, she
said, and she came downstairs and
drove him to the hospital.
Police said that later, around 2:30
a.m. Sunday, Mrs. Junghans ad
mitted that she had fabricated this
story and admitted shooting the
youth, although she contended that
it was unintentional.

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